About Elizabeth

 

Elizabeth Lynch Phillips is passionate about helping high-potential professionals become more impactful, conscious leaders in their professional and personal lives.

She practiced law for almost 20 years in the Washington, D.C. area, first as a prosecutor, then as a bankruptcy attorney. While she initially enjoyed the intellectual challenge of the work, and whatever prestige arguably came with being able to say that she was an attorney, over the years she came to feel like she was living on a hamster wheel of getting up, going to work, coming home, caring for her family, and then doing it all again, day after day, year after year; in short, something was missing on the level of meaning. Law school had taught her how to analyze fact patterns, imagine all possible worse-case scenarios, and approach life from a generally skeptical standpoint.   These skills made her an effective lawyer, but caused her to feel stuck when it came to options for finding what changes she could make.

After working with an Executive Coach to help her decide what her options were, Elizabeth realized just how much of her effectiveness, instincts and passion had gone by the wayside as she’d kept her nose to the grindstone practicing law.  The huge changes she saw in herself and her life as she took a leadership, rather than a passive, role in her own life, incorporating the tools she learned from her coach, and taking greater ownership of her choices, perspectives and strengths, all led Elizabeth to realize that her true passion and calling was not the practice of law.   Elizabeth is now dedicated to helping other attorneys find a greater sense of satisfaction and meaning in their their work and their lives.

Elizabeth received her coach training, and then her Certification as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the venerable Coaches Training Institute (CTI), in 2012.   She is credentialed through the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).   She has completed numerous mastery level coach trainings from ICF-accredited training programs which have given her a unique perspective on and compassion for the struggles faced by highly-intelligent, driven professionals, who believe that their value is tied up with their achievements.

Elizabeth received her Juris Doctor from the George Mason University School of Law and Economics in 1991, and before that a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington in 1985. She is an active member of the New Mexico Bar Association, and an inactive/associate member of the Virginia Bar Association.